A fish that can generate an electrical current of up to 400 volts is most certainly one for the specialist who knows and respects its amazing qualities. High-voltage discharges are emitted only by the largest specimens, but even modest-sized individuals pack quite a punch. In addition to this species, one other electric catfish is known: M. microstoma (Smallmouth Electric Catfish) from the Congo basin. Of the two, Electric Catfish is the one more commonly encountered, and it is seen both in its wild type and in its mottled or albino form.
- Widely distributed in central Africa.
- Up to 39in (1m) reported, but usually much smaller.
- Lone nocturnal predator that stuns its prey.
- Chunks of meat, large livefoods, e.g. earthworms and live fish (a factor that demands consideration prior to purchase).
- Large, well filtered, with large shelters. Use only robust plants. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 72-86 F (22-30 C).
- No documented accounts of aquarium breeding currently available.